Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The wait is over... Reading and Leeds 2014 is go! Here's the best photos from the opening day at both sites as the action gets underway. Kicking us off is this snap of punters readying themselves for the marathon three days of live music ahead in Reading.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The music kicked off early in Leeds with Superfood previewing their forthcoming debut album on Thursday night. No foam machine this time unlike their recent London show though, alas.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Toy also treated festival goers up north to some early entertainment, battling heavy rain to bring their psych sounds to the BBC Introducing Stage.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Gerard Way kicked off activities in Reading on Friday morning to play the first big show of his solo career.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The former My Chemical Romance frontman played eight tracks from his debut album 'Hesitant Alien' before ending his set with a Jesus And Mary Chain cover, 'Snakedriver'.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Over in Leeds, Brighton "surf-doom" trio The Wytches gave fans a brutal wake up call as they opened the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The band ploughed through the more hardcore tracks on their debut, 'Annabel Dream Reader', like 'Digsaw' and 'Gravedweller'.

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Spiderman lets his identity slip in front of a film crew. Oops.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Don't look so surprised to see us, Papa Roach.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Production supremo Lxury delivering a storming set of Disclosurey beats and bleeps.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Hands up if you're having a good time? That's what we thought.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Leeds' NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage was the latest stop on Jungle's unstoppable stomp to world domination today.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Jungle's J lost in a cloud of smoke.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Yeah, probably best not to go on this ride right after visiting the chow mien kiosk.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Shout out to these two, Reading's snazziest dressers. So far, that is...

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Punk crew Pup doing their thing in Leeds.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

More Pup carnage.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Here's Blood Red Shoes in full flow on the Main Stage at Reading.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Indie's next big thing? All the way from Pennsylvania, the hotly tipped The Districts.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

South London rapper Kate Tempest brings the characters of her debut album 'Everybody Down' to life on stage in Leeds.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Darlia's Nathan Day cradles his guitar before smashing it into his amp.

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Derbyshire duo Drenge embraced their feminine side for their set on the NME/Radio 1 stage in Reading.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Eoin Loveless gets fruity.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Eagulls brought their scowling brand of indie rock to Reading earlier today and were in formidable form.

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Big hair, big riffs - it's Eagulls again.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Things got more than a little wild during Eagull's set at Reading earlier today.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

CIRCLE PIIIIITTTT! More mayhem from Eagulls' set.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Remarkably this is about the most-dressed you'll ever see Fat White Family.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Enter Shikari rock out on the Main Stage in Reading.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Rou Reynolds surveys his disciples.

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...Then the frontman launched himself on them.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Oh hai! Punters revelled in the sun today, despite forecasts for rain. Which is just as well, as this writer left his wellies on the 8.30 train out of Paddington this morning.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Things got crazy as Jamie T made a surprise appearance at Reading earlier in the evening.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The Londoner whipped the crowd up into a frenzy as he played tracks new and old.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

This guy knew all the words.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Vic Mensa takes a leap during his set in Leeds.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The Chicago rapper took the opportunity to get to know his fans a bit better.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The Kooks continue their new reinvention on Leeds' NME/Radio 1 Stage.

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The 1975's Matt Healy makes a face for the camera.

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Punters get in the spirit of the festival.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Macklemore has a breather during his Leeds performance.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The 'Thrift Shop' singer puts his hands in the air like he just don't care.

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Eugene Hutz picks out a target in the crowd.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Gogol Bordello whip out the accordion in Leeds.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Detroit rapper Danny Brown takes his 'Old' album up north.

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Former Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle makes her Reading & Leeds debut on the Lock Up Stage.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The punk heroine thrashed out tracks from her debut album 'Diploid Love'.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig returns to his day job.

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The sun shines on Vampire Weekend in Reading.

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Danny Brown goes for a skip across the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Danny Brown's fans doing their best gun fingers.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig joins labelmate SBTRKT to perform 'New Dorp, New York'.

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The London producer (real name Aaron Jerome) previewed tracks from his second album 'Wonder Where We Land'.

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Mario Cuomo swings from the rafters as The Orwells storm Reading.

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Meanwhile, the rest of The Orwells go for a lie down.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

This guy had the time of his life.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

New York's Joey Bada$$ conducts the Leeds crowd.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

The rapper shows off his own branded letterman jacket.

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Blink 182 arrive in Leeds.

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Tom DeLonge can stretch his arms this wide.

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Travis Barker stretches his legs behind the kit.

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Warpaint brought their woozy indie to the NME/Radio 1 tent.

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More Warpaint magic on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Getting ready to rave at Disclosure in Leeds.

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The Lawrence brothers bring 'Settle' to the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

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Palma Violets' Sam Fryer dresses smart for the band's Festival Republic headline set in Reading.

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Guy Lawrence prepares for the drop.

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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

Palma Violets, who first met at Reading Festival, brought the Festival Republic Stage to a chaotic close.

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Hair today, headline tomorrow? Temples impress in the NME/BBC Radio 1 tent.

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The green-haired singer commands the Main Stage crowd's attention.

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Temples in the spotlight.

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Hayley Williams holds the mic up to the Reading crowd.

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The Paramore frontwoman gets in the zone.

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Josh Homme wraps up against the night breeze.

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Lasers flash behind the QOTSA frontman.

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Homme applauds the crowd for at least trying to put away as much booze as him.

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The view from the crowd.

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Desert rock idols Queens Of The Stone Age justify their headline billing.

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